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ERIC Number: EJ1018011
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Dec
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1696-2095
Psychometric Properties of a Newly Developed Learning Difficulties Scale in the Omani Society
Al-Qaryout, Ibrahim A.; Abu-Hilal, Maher M.; Alsulaimani, Humaira
Electronic Journal of Research in Educational Psychology, v11 n3 p771-786 Dec 2013
Introduction: Learning difficulties (LD) is a recent construct. It has been agreed that the individual who suffers from learning difficulties has a disorder in one or more of the basis psychological processes, including attention, cognition, formation of concepts, memory, problem solving, understanding or reading, speaking or writing, or computing. Method: This study was designed to test the construct (convergent and discriminate) validity of this conception of LD with exploratory factor analysis (EFA) and confirmatory factor analysis (CFA). Also, responses of normal students were compared to responses of students identified as having learning difficulty. The sample comprised 410 children from Muscat School Zone, who were rated by their teachers (30) based on the new questionnaire. The questionnaire is composed by six domains and each measures one component of difficulties. These components are difficulties in: perception, attention, memory, writing, arithmetic and reading. Results: Reliability analysis and factor analysis revealed that the measure possesses both reliability and factorial validity. Discussion and conclusion: The CFA confirmed the structure of the measure. ANOVA revealed significant differences between normal and LD children on most of the LD components, the providing further support to its construct validity.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 3; Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Oman
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